1984 marked an era in innovation when the state of the art Mac was introduced, and it is since then the world is divided in two groups, the ones who have mac and others who don’t. The new technology marked the beginning of the style that had never been seen before. Equipped with high speed, longer battery life and most importantly elegant style, these oldies influenced the computer industry at large and lead to machines like Mac book pro.
1. Macintosh 128K – The First Macintosh (1984)
Release Date January 24, 1984
Introductory Price $2,495
Discontinued October 1, 1985
Operating System 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.2
CPU Motorola 68000 @ 8 MHz
Memory 128 KB (built-in)
The first Macintosh, Macintosh 128k was introduced on January 24, 1984; it was the first commercially successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface rather than a command-line interface. Its beige case contained a 9 in (23 cm) monitor and came with a keyboard and mouse. An indentation in the top of the case allowed the computer to be lifted and carried. It had a selling price of US$2,495. By today’s standards, its specs are laughably anemic. But the beloved box of bits was a far more affordable implementation of the graphical user interface. The built-in display was a one-bit black-and-white and contained a 400 kB, single-sided 3.5-inch floppy disk drive and dedicated no space to other internal mechanical storage. The unit lacked a cooling fan.The Macintosh was designed to achieve adequate graphics performance, which had previously required hardware costing over $10,000 US, at a price accessible to the middle class. This narrow goal resulted in an efficient design which traded off expandability but met or exceeded the baseline performance of its competitors.
The limitations of the first Mac soon became clear. In October 1985, Apple increased the Mac’s memory to 512 KB, but it was inconvenient and difficult to expand the memory of a 128 KB Mac